Lee Brian Schrager Cooks Up a New Book
by eric newill
This February marks the 10th anniversary of Miami’s premier culinary spectacular, and to celebrate, creator Lee Brian Schrager has amassed the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival Cookbook (Clarkson Potter; $35). A comprehensive assemblage of recipes from the nation’s greatest chefs, the book features stories and photos documenting the event’s most memorable occasions.
Sales of the flashback-filled scrapbook benefit FIU’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Here, Schrager—who also launched the extremely successful Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival and has plans for LA by 2013—serves up the dish.
OCEAN DRIVE: How would you describe your book?
LEE BRIAN SCHRAGER: If People magazine was ever to do a cookbook, they would probably do what I did: behind-the-scenes stories, photos and recipes. It’s also an armchair book, in that if you’ve not been to the festival, it does a good job of showing you what it’s about and how it got started and where we are 10 years later.
What are your favorite featured recipes?
I love Pierre Hermé’s Ligurian lemon cake; it’s fantastic. And Howie Kleinberg’s shrimp and grits. I’m also mad about Mario Batali’s orecchiette with sweet sausage and broccoli, and I love, love, love Alice Waters’ grapefruit and avocado salad.
Dishes from the Food Network South Beach Food & Wine Festival Cookbook
PHOTOGRAPHS BY SETH BROWARNIK/WORLDREDEYE.COM (LAGASSE, COLICCHIO); QUENTIN BACON (GROUPER)
Go behind the scenes with Elle Macpherson during her Ocean Drive photo shoot.